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.vitac.com >>> next, the final sprint. we're in columbus, ohio. just hours away from election day. it is cold here, but people are hot, they're ready to go. "outfront" tonight, robert gibbs from the obama campaign and florida senator and romney supporter, marco rubio. why it all comes down to this state. plus, the man who's being called the most important person in this election. he joins me live and an "outfront" investigation into the never ending gas lines in the northeast following sandy. the gas lines didn't have to happen. something could have been done to prevent them, so why wasn't it? let's go "outfront." tonight, dead heat. election day is just five hours away and the candidates are using every last minute they've got. our latest cnn poll of polls today shows president obama ahead by one point. 49 to 48 for mitt romney and it could all come down to this state where i am tonight. ohio. both campaigns made stops here today. mitt romney's campaign just announced he will make a stop here tomorrow as well. now, each man spent the day crisscrossing the united states, trying to make final pleas
trust. >> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett, in columbus ohio in the final hour before election day. you are watching michelle obama, the final rally for her husband in des moines iowa. we'll be going there live in a moment. we'll be live here in columbus, but first we want to listen to the first lady. >> the dreams of all americans. and the more i thought about it, the more i knew in my heart that i was describing barack. i knew he could be that president. and for four years, that's exactly what he's done. he has stayed true to himself and with your help he's worked day after day to make this country better to move it forward. he's rescued our economy from the brink of collapse. saved the auto industry. he's passed historic health reform, ended the war in iraq. he's fought so women get equal pay and students can afford college. he's fought for our seniors so they can retire with dignity, and our veterans, so they can get the benefits they earned and the respect they deserve. for four years, barack has been fighting to give every single one of us a fair shot at that great americ
restaurant? downtown, columbus, ohio. this is the state that could be the place where the next president of the united states is decided. and we have crews everywhere. we want to tell you first off, though, president barack obama and his challenger mitt romney have no space in their schedules today, and why should they? i want you to look at the number on the bottom of your screen. it says, two days. two days is what's left before the election in america. the two candidates and their camps are all over america today. president obama a at functions from new hampshire to colorado, while mitt romney is keeping his attention focused on states further east. they're working late, too. one of the president's events is at 10:30 tonight in aurora, colorado. that is mitt romney and his wife ann at an energetic gop rally this afternoon. that's in cleveland, ohio. he told supporters a slogan used by the president four years ago better applies to him this time around. >> if you believe we can do better, if you believe america should be on a better course or if you're tired of being tired, then i ask
, everyone, you are watching cnn and i'm don lemon. tonight, i'm in downtown columbus, ohio, at the beautiful boat house restaurant, our host here and i want to show what you thousands and thousands of people in this city did today. it's early voting in the columbus and all over the state of ohio, voters here got one weekend to cast votes ahead of election day, just one weekend. last election, they could vote on five weekends before the election. so, these people bundled up against the cold, i was out there with them today. they waited in very long lines here in columbus, some of them for two hours or more to pick a man to award their state's 18 electoral votes. and a brand new poll to show you, a nationwide poll of likely voters who were asked just one question, who do you support for president of the united states? and if you thought the race was close up to now, i want you to take a look at this. 49%, 49%. president obama and mitt romney, nationwide among likely voters. that poll was taken just this weekend by cnn and orc international. three other national non-partisan polls released toda
're watching cnn. i'm in downtown columbus, ohio. i want to show you what thousands and thousands of people did today. it's early voting in columbus, and all over the state of ohio, voters here got one weekend to cast votes ahead of election day, just one weekend. last election, they could vote on five weekends before the election. so, these people bundled up against the cold. i was out there with them today. they waited in very long lines here in columbus. some of them for 2 hours or more, to pick a man to award their state's 18 electoral votes. there's a brand-new poll to show you. a nationwide poll of likely voters who are asked just one question. who do you support for president of the united states? and if you thought the race was close, up until now, take a look at this. 49%, 49%, president obama and mitt romney, nationwide among likely voters. that poll was taken just this weekend by cnn and orc international. three other polls released today show the two candidates tied, as well. talk about nationwide, we have reporter teams traveling with the candidates, and cnn correspondents in all t
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over here, this is the mother of all battlegrounds, welcome back from columbus. 2% of the electorate in ohio are women. 55%. the combination of the diversity obama coalition. you add it up, simple math. as bill clinton said, just a -- >> in that speech. there was another area that was traditionally republican, but it shifted. >> we'll do a little -- turn this up. if you look at this close presidential election, 2004, post presidential elections in american politics won the suburbs. this is the 2000 election. you see bush winning in the denver suburbs. the president wins, the democrats win in downtown. that's senator kerry in that year. but now, 2012. it's blue. in the key swing states, the democrats dominate in the suburbs. back over to ohio and let's make sure, now mitt romney did a good job. he won lake county, which is a trouble spot, but that's a big suburb just outside of cleveland, but look around columbus. sorry. outside of the columbus city where you were in, the president wins in the suburbs. down here in cincinnati and around here, this has to be for the, look at this elect
, the news continues with don lemon in columbus, ohio, battleground stat state. >>> thank you very much, fredricka, i'm don lemon. good evening, everyone, from the beautiful boat house restaurant in downtown columbus, ohio, we're coming to you tonight from a critical swing state, a state, quite frankly, with the luxury to call itself the swing state. a state in our minds and hearts that can only call itself devastated, places like jersey and new york. for almost a week now, we have been watching people literally fight for their lives. >> we are going to die. you don't understand, you got to get your trucks here on this corner. >> nearly 3 million people, still without power in 15 states. 106 people are dead now, and leaders say they could find more bodies underneath the rubble or washing to shore. now, that is a background, but with no gas and water in some places and with food and shelter in short supply in many places, where would politics? specifically voting, be on your list of priorities? it is not very high, even for the governor of new jersey. >> i have the job here in new jersey
springsteen holding rallies in madison, wisconsin, columbus, ohio, des moines, iowa. governor romney has been in stanford, florida, lynchberg and fairfax, virginia, columbus, ohio, and manchester, ohio, and it wouldn't be an election without a legal mess in florida. voters reporting lines up to seven hours long at some south florida early polling stations. but at the end of the day, tomorrow, it will all possibly be about ohio. the president holding a slim lead in the buckeye state in the polls. in this exclusive interview with cnn, john boehner of ohio says he believes that his state could just swing red. >> polls don't win the elections, voters do. i've been around ohio. i've done this trip around ohio for a lot of presidential races in the past. and i think ohioans vote with their wallets. that's why i think romney will win on tuesday. >> we're blanketing the battle grounds with our cnn reporters. john berman, of course, following that for us this morning. >> good morning. first up is florida. swing state considered a must win particularly for mitt romney. the most recent polling there has
columbus, ohio. in three days, this is the state that will likely decide the presidential election. governor romney knows that only too well that no republican has won the white house without winning ohio and the race right now in ohio is close to a dead heat. let's look at the two latest polls. first, our own cnn/orc poll of likely voters shows president obama with a three point lead. now that is inside the statistical margin of error. so that's about as close as it can get. and nbc "wall street journal" poll gives the president a six point lead in ohio. a little better for obama. still very close. now obama may be the top prize for the candidates right now l are other important battleground states. we'll take through over the course of the next hour in a way that only cnn can. john avalon and i traveled more than 1800 miles on cnn's battleground bus tour as the race for the white house reaches its conclusion. no mat wrer i ter where i go, t economy is the most important issue in this election. i've been traveling with john avalon. he joins me now as does my good friend christine
had reaction in the last hour where he was campaigning in columbus, ohio, down state from you, and let me play a quick sound bite we have been able to turn. >> today, our businesses have created nearly 5.5 million new jobs and this morning we learn ed that the companies have hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> so, ali, being that you are in ohio and perhaps the most critical swing state. i asked christine about the swing states burk, but i did noe enough time for an answer, but how are the people in ohio reacting to these numbers, because their jobs are generally good. >> well, you know, christine over me, but this is ohio a place troubled for years and decade. they had the second biggest steel producer after pittsburgh and then autos and autos started to take a hit in 2005. unemployment now is lower than the national average in ohio, in the rust belt. now a lot of things are going on here. natural gas, and the auto industry is back, and i'm in toledo where there is a jeep plant and i was in youngstown where the large gm plant exists. look at the
more than 4 million registered voters including those in columbus and cleveland. the free press says the software was never certified or tested. cnn's don lemon spoke to husted last night and gave him a chance to respond. >> we have a new system, all we have to do is load the data into the election reporting system. and actually it's so -- it's so -- the reporting system and the actual counting system are not connected in any way, and the results that anybody can get in their home on the computer, they're going to get them the same time i do. we have a very transparent system that's brand new and will help people across this country and across the world frankly look right at our website with what's going on. >> so nothing fishy going on. >> nothing fishing going on. >>> 1.6 million early votes have been cast in ohio. that tops it in 2008. early voting continues through monday. a programming note, be sure to joan anderson cooper and wolf blitzer as they take a close like at the candidates' final push in the american election in the 2012 "countdown to election day" at 8:00 p.m. eastern
in columbus, ohio. will also go go to the third stop in ohio. last night was stevie wonder and other performers over the last few weeks to draw the big crowds to these events but also to energize the base to make sure that folks not only get out to vote but as they've been pushing for the last few weeks, they get out and vote early. they've been using thooiz these superstars, if you will, in the music world, to provide energy to this campaign, get the voters out there, which will be critical on election day. >> people who cover campaigns for a living and there are many of us here at cnn, they get a feel on a day like today. they get a feel from the campaign themselves, made a lot of close ties within the obama campaign at this point. what is that feel when it comes to how they are doing today? they'll all tell you they're optimistic, but do you get that sense. >> reporter: i am getting the sense that they're more and more optimistic. the reason is they point to the ground game. back to 2008, they had a very established ground game in the key battleground states. and that did not real
-mail to the columbus dispatch newspaper. doug price wrote i guess i really actually feel we shouldn't con tort the voting process to accommodate the urban voter turnout machine. let's be fair and reasonable. price joins me now, along with dave haus, democratic chair for franklin county. right there, look at that camera, guys. do you stand by that remark? do you stand by -- >> number one, it was taken out of context in part and completely misquoted many times. con tort is the right word. i don't think we should con tort the system, twist the system to support any group, any group of voters. secondly, i will point out we have the most liberal voting -- early voting process, more than new york, connecticut, a lot of east coast, democratic states. and i'm for that. and we have voted for it consistent. >> you do a quote like that where you are saying we shouldn't do it for -- >> for anybody. >> you said for african-americans. >> in context, we should not con tort the system for any, we should not twist it. >> how is the system being contorted toward african-americans, for african-americans? >> i'm
the weekend. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >> alp >> all righ>> all i'n columbus ohio at the boathouse restaurant. we're in a state that holds 18 electoral votes. i want you to look at this. it is cnn's most up-to-date polls. 50% for the president. 47% for republican mitt romney. but, with the sampling error, it is a dead heat. now, look at this coverage. three days to go and cnn has a battleground state covered like no other news network. all over nevada, wisconsin and here in ohio. all across this country, i'm going to take you on the road with both campaigns in just a minute. first, we have a very interesting election day from the state of new jersey that they tell you about now. it involves you of victims of super storm, sandy who cannot return home or have no home anymore. our joe johns is following us in washington on this story. but what he is following is that new jersey governor chris christy is now saying that people in the affected areas of new jersey, people affected by hurricane sandy can now vote electronically. they can vote by e-mail and they can vote by fax. it is an i
. >>> president obama getting ready to speak at a rally in columbus, ohio. we'll go there when we see him. meanwhile, we're going to quickly which can in on three of the battleground states that we expect potentially decide this presidential election. let's start with ohio. its 18 electoral votes are crucial. you've heard it a million times by now. but history show that is republicans don't win the white house if they don't carry ohio. president obama won ohio back in 2008. george bush barely carried ohio in 2004. cnn's martin savidge joins us from cleveland. early voting, martin, very important for the president. how's it looking where you are in cleveland right now? >> reporter: well, at least the cnn poll of the early voters seem to be going very much in president obama's favor. let me point out something here. the early voting has finally come to an end in the state of ohio. the reason i say finally is it began october 2nd. it ended at 2:00 this afternoon. the complete tallies for the state are not up. but up until friday, 1.6 million early votes were cast. of that, 1.1 million were a
rallies in madison, wisconsin, columbus, ohio, des moines, iowa. governor romney is in florida and lynchburg and fairfax virginia, columbus ohio and in manchester, new hampshire. and it wouldn't be a presidential election without some kind of legal fight in the state of florida. the state's democratic party is suing to extend early voting hours with people reporting lines of up to seven hours at some south florida early polling stations. cnn has this place covered like no other network. we've got dan lothian in madison, wisconsin. jim acosta is in orlando, florida, martin savidge is in cleveland, ohio. miguel marquez is in las vegas, nevada. ed lavandera is in denver, colorado, for us this morning. john zarrella comes to us live from plantation, florida. we want to begin with complete comprehensive coverage with john berman checking in to see how our correspondents are faring. >> thanks, soledad. the candidates are all over the place today. president obama and mitt romney hold atriallies in seven states today. a final frenetic day of campaigning across the battleground. for the
nation on earth. god bless you, ohio. >> president obama earlier today in columbus, ohio at a rally with bruce springsteen, jay-z, also mitt romney stopping in columbus just a few hours later. paul ryan is in vienna, ohio later tonight. governor romney is in cleveland tomorrow. president obama appearing tomorrow in ohio. deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter joins us now. your team keeps saying the governor is in pennsylvania now out of desperation but if he's got no shot there, why has your campaign been sending president clinton to pennsylvania in the home stretch? if the state is not in play, couldn't that time be put to better use somewhere else? >> well, president clinton has traveled through every single battleground state for us. we are enormously thankful. but we're not taking anything for granted. you know, pennsylvania has tightened, absolutely. if i were working on the romney campaign i would probably be giving it a shot, too. >> you don't think it's speration for the romney campaign to go there? >> well, i think that -- well, you know, i did notice that their super pa
libya's civil war. >>> i'm don lemon in columbus, ohio. i want to thank our host, the boat house restaurant. they've been so kind to us to lend us their space this week and look at the beautiful background behind us. and our fire side chat people have been calling. have been fo. thank you so much for joining us tonight here on cnn. i am don lemon and i will see you back here next week. vote. good night. >>> the presidential race has been won by governor ronald reagan of california. >> george h.w. bush. >> too close to call. >> george w. bush re-elected. >> barack obama, president elect of the united states. >> this is cnn. >> right now barack obama and mitt romney, they're trying to close the deal with voters in battleground states. >> stand by for the new presidential poll as we count down the last crucial hours until election day. >> tonight, the final fran advertise race for president before voters have their say. mitt romney and barack obama ending a long and close campaign. >> do you want more of the same or do you want change? >> fighting for every vote until the bitter end
. there was gridlock as bad as we have ever seen. look at a live shot of columbus circle south of central park on the west side. central park still remained closed. it has been like this all day. one of the reasons is that crane is still dangling over 57th street and that is creating the massive traffic jam around the circle. jason joins me from the queensboro bridge. i talked to you earlier today and most people have given up trying to get a vehicle they were walking. >> oh, yeah, it has been a frustrating day for thousands of commuters making their way across the bridge. you can look through the traffic people still making their way at this hour even at 8:00. it is the only way for a lot of these people to get home. we can show you the line still here, people waiting sometimes three or four hours for a bus to show up. you can see now they are waiting patiently, but i want to show you video that we shot within the past 40 minutes or so where you can see people lost their patience. people were trying to get onto one of the buss that pulled up. there was some yelling going back and forth and te
the crowds in columbus, getting a boost from some a-list celebrities. meantime, mitt romney, he is traveling up the eastern seaboard with stops in florida, ohio, virginia, and, of course, new hampshire. and during the next hour we will take you live to his event in fairfax, virginia. speaking of mitt romney, he's already making his case in lynchburg and jim acosta son the campaign trail with him. hey, jim. >> reporter: with a slew of new battleground state polls showing mitt romney trailing president obama only slightly on this day before election day, the gop nominee is making his closing argument to voters. at a campaign stop here in virginia, and earlier this morning in florida, romney warned the crowd that the country could be in store for another recession and potentially another debt ceiling crisis if mr. obama gets another four years in office. romney is trying to make the case that he's the leader that can bring the country together. here's what he had to say? >> when i'm elected, the economy and the american jobs are likely to still be very stagnant. this year, by the way, this year
in ohio. i want to show you three parts in particular, suburbs of cleveland, columbus and cincinnati. a lot of attention on these spots. let's go in here to lake county. lake county. 2% of the population, the president personally spending time here. why? in 2004, this went to bush. this is territory the president got and he's trying to hold on to. 2008, the president had a slim margin here in lake county. he's definitely trying to hold on to that. columbus, both candidates interested in keeping ahold of this territory. it's 9% of the population. and you come down here to hamilton county, 7%, both candidates spending a lot of time around cincinnati. again, back in 2004, this was bush territory. the president taking that last time around, trying to defend this territory. that's why spare spending so much time personally in ohio. >> hopefully for them the math works. if you camp out you can keep those votes you had last time around. >> that's right. >>> other stories making news, zoraida has those stories. >>> coastal communities are sitting in the path of nor'easter. 1.2 million people
at east from columbus circle, from this height and daylight, the city looks normal, right? but since the storm, four days now, this is manhattan when the sun goes down. it is dark, electricity is out for much of the city. and it is going to be like this for at least another night. con edison says millions of people should have power restored this weekend. outside the city, much of new jersey and connecticut, lights could be off until late november. >> give me that. >> people in new york getting desperate now for drinking water, filling containers from fire hydrants and then there is the gas problem. filling stations there running out of it. people are waiting for hours in their cars and on foot. some stations that still have gas and electricity are pumping, they're rationing whatever fuel they have left. police now are posted to keep impatient customers from now jumping the line. one new york hospital went into emergency overdrive monday night when the storm suddenly shut off power, filled the elevators with water. they had 260 patients, including newborns. they had to get them out r
on the cabs. there is gridlock as bad as we have ever seen in manhattan. look at this. this is columbus circle south of central park on the west side earlier today. one massive traffic jam largely caused by the crane which is still dangling over 57th street and closed off the region, about a seven-block area around there. jason carroll is joining me from the queensboro bridge that connects manhattan and queens. what's the latest in terms of people trying to get in to manhattan. i has been a nightmare for them all day, jason. >> reporter: you are right. it has been a frustrating day for commuters. we have been watching throughout the day, not just here at the queensboro bridge but downtown at the brooklyn bridge. a few stragglers are making the late-night trek across the queensboro bridge trying to get out of manhattan. we have been seeing this all day throughout the day. thousands of people moving in and out of the city, unable to take a train or subway because they weren't up and running. the buses were running and are running, at least in this section of the city. you can see the line here,
in columbus circle. is.7 million people without power in the wake of superstorm sandy. a storm that killed 56 people. the crisis is far from over. ambulances tonight lining up outside of new york's bellvue hospital to evacuate 700 patients. the new jersey flames raging through the shore town of mantoloking. the mutual admiration society saw president and governor christie. this is what the president promised the victims of superstorm sandy. >> we are here for you. we will not forget. we will follow up to make sure you get all of the help you need until you rebuild. >> meanwhile, six days until election day, mitt romney is in the must-win state of florida with a new bipartisan tone. >> i've got to be able to reach across the aisle and get good democrats and republicans to work together. good democrats love america, just like good republicans love america. >> michael moore is here to react to all of the events and if you have questions tweet us@piers tonight. we will begin on the long hard commute for millions of new yorkers. it's a rough time for many new yorkers. obviously a rough time for ma
% of the vote. cleveland, columbus, here in cincinnati. a growing latino population. the president starts with a head start. the white vote, 44% to 53% for romney. i would say this. if governor romney can keep the white vote closer to 40%, he has a chance and getting minority turnout, that was the president's recipe for success four years ago. >> i know that is so crucial when you look at ohio, what do you see there? >> the reason, it has -- you look at a couple of different places. the north of the state. cleveland, over to toledo. a place where we think we see evidence the auto bailout is helping. across the industrial north. that means a lot of blew collar white voters supporting the president. then you come here to the southwest corner of the state. cincinnati is in hamilton county. it was blue four years ago. the state including cincinnati, 52% for the republican ticket, 47% for president obama. mitt romney -- it's a classic swing state, both campaigns essentially getting what they need where they need it. who can turn out the vote. >> and turn out the vote comes down to the ground g
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concerns. the report started in the columbus free press that john husted had said, quote, experimental software patches were installed in voting machines in 39 counties. voting rights activists say the software could potentially impact more than 4 million votes. the free press also says the software was never independently certified or tested. cnn's don lemon spoke to the secretary of state last night and gave him a chance to respond to those allegations. >> we have a new election night reporting system. all we have is an ability for them to load the data into that election reporting system, and actually, the reporting system and the actual counting system are not connected in any way, and the results that anybody can get in their home on the computer, they're going to get them the same time i do on election night. so we have a very transparent system that's brand new and will help people across this country, across the world, frankly, look right at our website and find out what's going on. >> reporter: so nothing fishy going on. >> nothing fishy going on. >> husted said 4 million earl
u.s. formally adopted the policy in 1966. isn't this a beautiful shot? downtown columbus. i'd like to thank our host here at the boat house. we'll be back in an hour by the way. "the situation room" begins right now. >>> thanks very much. you're in "the situation room." happening now, countdown to election night. this hour we'll hear from both candidates live. also, huge turnout for the final day of early voting. reports of lines up to four hours long in some places. and as life begins to return to normal in manhattan, new pleas for help from another hard-hit new york city borough. we're talking about queens. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we're now just three days from the presidential election and the race for the white house is reaching a fever pitch. both campaigns are making a final push for the candidates. their wives, the former president bill clinton, the house speaker john boehner all campaigning down to the wire. cnn is covering their every move. our correspondents are in key locations in critical states. any one of which could ultimately decide who wil
healthcare to learn about medicare plans that may be right for you. call now. ♪ >>> downtown columbus now. we're back in ohio, and the biggest prize in next week's election, well, prepare yourselves, everyone. look at the results of five -- this is five national polls. all of these poll takers talked to voters just within the last week. look at this. look at how close they are. note that many numbers are similar, are within a point, 48 here, 47 there, this is just more proof that the presidential race looks like it is going to be headed to a photo finish. so when the race is this tight, election day this close, i mean, what do the campaigns concentrate on? it really all boils down to, i'm sure gloria borger, our chief political analyst, it is a numbers game, gloria. >> yeah. >> she's in washington. yeah, so it boils down to numbers, right? >> it does. it boils -- it boils down to turnout. when you look at those national poll matchups, you know this, don, that's not really what we're looking at. because national polls include states that are very red and include states that are very blue. you're looki
from texas today. she's out on the campaign trail in columbus, ohio. good to see you as well, congresswoman. >> fredricka, good to be with you this afternoon. >> excellent. let's begin. we're talking about these candidates, president obama, mitt romney, they are crisscrossing these battleground states. let me begin with you, congressman price. you heard kyung talking about colorado being so vital. it was obama country during the last election, but with the one third independent voters made up much of suburban moms, is this a strategy that romney is going to be spending more time there later on today. how focused is he on colorado and trying to sway perhaps those one third independent voters? >> that's colorado and it's wisconsin and it's ohio and pennsylvania and all of the other states that are still in play. and the independent voters are indeed absolutely pivotal. each candidate want to make sure they get out their base, their base voters. when we look at the independent votes which is why we believe so strongly that governor romney will be the next president, we see high
and weren't being gouged on prices. gridlock as bad as we've been seen in manhattan. take a look at columbus circle, south of central park on the west side earlier today. one massive traffic jam, largely caused by that train, still dangling over 57th street and closed off the entire region about a seven-block area around there. carol joins me from the queensboro bridge which connects manhattan and queens. what's the latest in terms of people trying to get in and out of manhattan? it's been a nightmare all day, jason. >> you are absolutely right. a frustrating day for commuters. we've been watching them today, not just at the queensboro bridge, but downtown at the brooklyn bridge. a few stragglers making the late-nit trek across the queensboro bridge, trying to get across. thousands of people unable to take a train, unable to take a subway. buses were running are running, at least this section of the city, you can see the line here, even at this hour, at 10:00, a line going down the block to try to get on that one bus, still waiting to take on some passengers, people telling us they waited th
columbus day to win over italian-american voters. to assuage the retailers he agreed to move thanksgiving. that split this country down the middle. people were mad. half the states celebrated on the 23rd and the other half celebrated on the 30th that year. it was like that until 1942, when congress actually set thanksgiving on the fourth thursday of november permanently. another victory for fdr. so much for the hope that thanksgiving was linked to some part of american history or i guess it is. linked to presidential
their cases to the nation. listen to president obama in columbus, ohio earlier. >> the future's what we're fighting for. the future never has lobbyists like the status quo does, but the dreams of those children will be our saving grace. that's why i need you, ohio. to make sure their voices are heard. >> today, mitt romney said he would keep campaigning even on election day, with stops in ohio and pennsylvania. here's what he told the crowd in ohio a little while ago. >> accomplishing real change is not something i just talk about. it's something i've done and it's what i'm going to do when i'm president of the united states with your help. >> we begin tonight on the campaign trail, the one last night. candy crowley is at romney headquarters in boston. candy, how are you? >> i'm very good. how are you, piers? >> you must feel like you've -- you must feel like the end of the longest marathon run in the history of marathon runs. how would you describe the mood down at the romney camp? do you sense you're amongst people who believe they can win? >> yes. absolutely. in their conference call
independents. the president is doing very well in cleveland and columbus, where he has to do well. governor romney's doing pretty well down here in the southwest corner of the state where i am and in the rural areas. where he needs to do well. both candidates are doing well where they need to do well. now they're just trying to turn up the energy and turn up the intensity which is why they're both here in the state today. they will both be back in the state today. if you look deep into our poll, you have a classic dead heat in the classic swing state. >> david, you were saying a couple days ago you thought the president was an odds-on favorite to win. do you still feel that way? >> i do, anderson. i think his turnout operation is better in some of these states than mitt romney's but if you look at the overall battleground states now, look at the top ten battleground states, the polls show or the average of polls show that the president is clinging to a small lead in eight out of the ten battleground states. mitt romney is only ahead in two. that would put the president well over the top in
states, cleveland, ohio, columbus, ohio, and then looking to florida along the i-4 corridor somewhere between yo d orlando on a line all the way to tampa. what happens in the votes in those four places and in between, i think, determines the race. >> the one thing bile watching is the exit polls which as everyone knows, they're never wrong. >> this is what i'm going to be watching to see if i have to be up all night. these are all the different ways in which the battle grounld states can come together to produce an electoral tie. >> i will think that this election is officially over when the senior lawyers for each campaign make vacation plans for thanksgiving. >> i'll tell you when we'll know it's all over. when candy tells us. >> all good reasons to watch cnn's election night coverage. it begins tuesday at 6:00 p.m. eastern. thank you for watching "state of the union." i'm candy crowley in washington. fareed zakaria gps is next for our viewers here in the united states.
of a struggle. susan, thank you very much indeed. >>> joining me now from columbus, ohio, is general wesley clark, an obama supporter, former nato supreme allied commander. general, welcome back. >> thank you, piers. >> all the action now is heading to ohio. almost everyone who is anyone is down there, including your good self. the polls are very, very tight, showing very marginal lead for the president in most of the ones i've seen but with the margin of difference, you could almost say it's a tie. how are you seeing it down there on the ground? >> well, there's a lot of emotion, there's just thousands of volunteers out here. there's a ground game. we feel very good about the ground game, by the way. our volunteers are charged up. we've been working this for three and a half years. we knew it would come down to this. we were prepared for it. and we've fought to keep the polls open and make the ground game possible. >> i read yesterday, i think again it was nate silver who said that if romney was to lose ohio, he would have just a 3% chance of winning the election. conversely, if barack oba
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